@derek Congratulations!

Sadly, my options here are a little limited. I'm currently with , which has financed $9.6 billion in Coal & $106.2 billion to the Oil & Gas sector from 2016-2020.

Additionally, they have $3.5 billion & $16.0 billion invested in Coal & Oil/Gas respectively as of Q4 2020.

The other in Canada are actually worse on all these fronts.

For example, my retirement savings (whose location is due to employer matching arrangements), is with Manulife, the investment arm of .

TD has financed $18 billion in Coal & $127 billion in oil & gas from 2016-2020. Additionally, as of Q4 2020, they had $7 billion invested in coal & $16 billion in oil & gas.

Sadly, the two local credit unions aren't required to disclose their investment & financing arrangements in these sectors.

I've requested the information, but my confidence in receiving the information is not particularly high.

I've used the last 8-days to get a benchmark for my Dishwasher, clothes washer, and dryer usage. It turns out, we use these things a lot in my home...

In 8 days, my family ran the dishwasher 7 times. This consumed approximately 11.9 kWh in and 0.098 m3 of fresh . On an average, 30-day month, this amounts to 44.63 kWh and 0.37 m3 of water.

In 8 days, my family ran the washing machine on the cold cycle 11-times. This consumed 7.79 kWh & 0.7 m3 of fresh water. On an average, 30-day month, this amounts to 29.22 kWh and 2.62 m3 of water.

In 8 days, my family ran the dryer for a total of 11-hours. This consumed 61.6 kWh of electricity, which translates to 231 kWh in a 30-day month.

Combined, these three appliances would consume 3,708.9 kWh and 36.4 m3 of water.

Now that I have a , I can begin to improve upon those numbers. Every little bit helps.

Just finished rearranging my growing pots.

My white onions were already reaching the grow light, so I had to relocate them to a small stand next to my shelf and give them their own bulb.

Filled the extra space though! I now have a pot for some Regina strawberries & another for some dwarf sunflowers I hope to surprise my spouse with at some point.

I also began my cherry tomatoes in a jiffy pot. If it sprouts, this will need to be replanted, but I'm comfortable with getting some tomatoes a little earlier.

@dansup Thanks for getting back to me.

My current TVs (a pair of RCA SmartTVs from 2018) are still fully functional, so sadly there will be no upgrade for me. But I'll have to keep that in mind if one of them goes!

@dansup I'll have to put that on my list of things I want my SmartTV to do list.

How'd you do it?

@Argus I'm up in Northern Ontario, so a basic heat pump isn't really an option here, especially when we hit -30 C and below in midwinter.

I've been told to look into heat pumps with "ground loops." Perhaps that may be of use to you as well?

Realized earlier this week that just tracking my methane, electricity, and water use through my bills doesn't really provide enough data for me to make many changes in my usage habits.

With the billing cycle ending on the 20th, that gives me 7 days to create a benchmark for three high-use items: clothes washer, dryer, and dishwasher.

Once I have a benchmark, I can actively work to reduce my use of those particular items, and track my improvements.

Also decided it might be a good idea to add vehicle use to my tracking. I figure the easiest way to track is probably to record the number of Litres I put in the tank, when I put it in the tank. It won't be a precise as other methods, but basically treats the as a sunk cost.

Apparently, the Ontario average is about 2,700 Litres/year (Ontario Energy Board - 2017), which works out to 225 L/month. We're about half-way through and my total so far is just under 44 L. I'll call that a good start.

Track use. Change habits. Monitor effects and continue to adjust.


Looks like the feds have backed down on the mandatory jab for truckers. Not entirely sure which of the two options would actually have been better on the long run, but in the short run this should alleviate some of the threat to the supply chain.

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With power use and its (and budgetary) impact in mind, I've finally removed BOINC from my devices and factory reset 9 phones/tablets that weren't really contributing much to their projects anymore.

These devices are well past their lifespan, so I'll be dropping them off for .

I've also cleared BOINC off my main computer, and for the first time in ages, turned it off for the night.

How much power will this save? Probably around 3-4 kWh/day... Maybe a touch more. It isn't much, but over the course of a year, that's at least 1095 kWh, which would have dropped last year's annual total back under 10 MWh.

Given that both & are still used for power generation here, every little bit helps.

Starting a new book this evening: Sustainable Home Design by Chris Magwood.

It's been a while since I read one that wasn't assigned reading. Not exactly light reading, but should be interesting.

It's part of a series and I noted there's one on Rainwater Harvesting that I may need to tune into next.

@HerbSteelbranch That's awesome and you're sure to find others to help you out in a big city like Edmonton.

I found one of the hardest transitions when I first started down this path was to repurpose instead of buying new.

Even if the new item is eco-friendly, sustainable, etc, it still uses resources, including energy & water, to manufacture. In contrast, it's already a sunk cost for objects you already own. Finding a new use for an old thing is (generally) better in the long run.

@HerbSteelbranch Thank goodness! I was worried I'd be stuck trying to diagnose the issue for days.

Thanks for checking it out!


Update: Just checked my emails and noted a trio that relate to this.

My host went down for about 45 minutes (12:35 - 1:15 Eastern) for updates. It's all back online now.

My first pre-scheduled post just went out on solarpunkcanuck.ca ( @admin ).

I integrated the plugin, but wasn't sure exactly how everything would propagate on Mastodon.

Looks like it mostly sends out just fine, but I did notice a pair of issues fairly quickly.

First, it only kept the first two images and seems to relocate them to the end of the post, but otherwise, not too bad.

Secondly, the activitypub tranlation leaves any image caption or alt-text where it was originally posted in the article, so the images go undescribed. This part is certainly not ideal and I'll have to post the issue to the plugin's designer. This should be something they can fix in a future update.

Earlier this week I had added a new page and all the advanced elements were rubbish or completely failed to translate in Mastodon, so I deactivated that functionality.

@HerbSteelbranch derp... I mistyped the address. Should be solarpunkcanuck.ca not solarpunk.ca ...

All sites are loading fine via mobile, hardwired, and wifi networks borrowed from my nearby cafe.

Maybe you have something blocking certain site types or locations?

It's just a Wordpress site using Divi. No adverts or anything, so I'm not sure why it'd be blocked.

Most recent blog entry is about my first Aerogarden harvest: solarpunkcanuck.ca/2022/01/aer

Let me know if you're still having trouble... Not sure how I can replicate it in order to fix it though.

Oh what a difference 3 days makes.

Schools are now online until at least 17th. Time to figure out an education plan. Good thing I built the kids a schoolroom.


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When I was younger, someone once gave me good advice that I think applies here. I don't remember the exact wording, but here's the gist of it: "anything worth doing, is going to take a lot of work."

Best of luck in your journey to piecing together your completely self-hosted federation station!

Day 2 of 2022.

My spouse and I have now finalized the next steps in transforming our household .

Through 2021, we've gone from having meat twice (or more) daily, to daily, to 6 and then 5 days per week. We've also completely cut beef, and we don't miss it at all.

With the exception for our New Years Day dinner, we're down to 3 days a week. Although we start with pork twice a week, that drops to weekly by midmonth, and will disappear once we finish off whatever we have in the freezer.

In February we go up to 2 fully vegetarian days, three egg, and two meat per week. By June we'll drop to 1 meat, 4 egg, 2 vegetarian. October will see us move to 1 meat, 3 egg, 3 vegetarian.

If all goes well, this should all be habit by 2023 and my spouse and I can discuss further diet shifts.

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🚀 joinfediverse.wiki/ 🚀

Please share this page far and wide.
It's mainly thought to be a first contact point for Fediverse newbies.

Since my last post 8 days ago this changed:
:fedi: mobile version now available
:fedi: some new editors joined and edits were made
:fedi: many spam editors joined and were banned
:fedi: lots of good feedback was given. Thanks!

What hasn't happened yet:
🔜 Support for pages in Languages other that English (technically difficult)
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